Sunday, January 7, 1996

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 7, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas 4 A 0 HeraldZeitung 0 Sunday January Opinion To talk with Managing Editor Doug Loveday about the Opinion page call 6259144 ext 21 The freedom of any society varies proportionately with the volume of its Zero Mostel actor c 1980 E D I T O R I A Stop rabies in its tracks Efforts to vaccinate wildlife in South Texas no excuse not to vaccinate household pets In South Texas the rabies problem stems from the large coy ote population In Central and West Texas foxes bats and skunks are some of the culprits These animals can all be carriers of the rabies virus which if transferred and left untreated can kill humans And that death is anything but pleasant Because of an outbreak of rabies in South Texas and in other counties in the state intensive efforts are now under way to vaccinate a large portion of the wildlife population The ambitious project is now being carried out with the help of several Twin Otter airplanes leased from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources What officials will be doing is dropping more than one million pieces of bait laced with rabies vaccine While encounters with rabid animals from the wild are possible and do occur the real danger faced from a rabies outbreak is the effect it has on dog and other household pet populations In there vare large numbers of unchained and roaming dogs and cats Fabiescan occur In South Texas coyotes often approach cities in the evening looking for food What they find instead are territorial dogs and fights ensue Rabies is then transferred to the dog population which in turn may pass it along to people While efforts to vaccinate wildlife populations are com mendable pet owners should take the first step in the fight against rabies Have your pets vaccinated immediately and dont let them roam free Rabies is not the problem in Comal County that it is in South Texas but that can change if we let it Todays editorial was written by Managing Editor Doug Write us The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung welcomes letters on any public issue The editor reserves the right to correct spelling style punctua tion and known factual errors Letters should be kept to 250 words We publish only original mail addressed to the New Braunfels Herald Zeitung bearing the writers signature Also an address and a telephone number which are not for publication must be included Please cite the page number and date of any article that is mentioned Preference is given to writers who have not been published in the previous 30 days Mail letters to Letters to the Editor the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Texas 781311328 Fax 210 6251224 New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Editor and General DuVall Managing Loveday Retail Advertising Osteen Accounting Lee Hall Circulation Ann Avery Production Joyner City Croteau Published on Sunday mornings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung USPS 377880 707 Landa Su Of Drawer 311328 New Braunfels Comal County Tx 78131 1328 Second class postage paid by the New Braun fels HeraUZeitung in New Braunfels Texas Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties three months six months one year Senior Citizen Discounts by carrier delivery only six months one year Mail delivery outside Comal County in Texas three months six months one year Mail outside Texas six months one year Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by Tuesday through Friday or by on Sunday may call 210 6259144 or by 7 weekdays or by 11 ajn on Sunday POSTMASTEK Send address changes to the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Draw er 311328 New Braunfels Tx 781311328 Opinion Online contact II to submit letters and guest columns electronically by way of online services or Internet or to simply contact staff members the MeraldZeitungs address is Ben Franklin was no antiSemite Editors note Several HZ readers were angry that the newspaper ran a feature story in November about a Holocaust camp survivor who spoke to New Braunfels students The Holocaust one caller argued never even happened while others questioned the veracity of the man who made the speech One particular caller even made the statement that Jews were vampires feeding off the blood of She added that she was only quoting an article written supposedly by Benjamin Franklin These comments were mentioned in an editorial the HZ published Nov 15 One person who read that editorial Dr Char Miller of Trinity University in San Antonio responded by submitting the following col umn one form of which appeared in the Jewish Journal of San Antonio December Benjamin Franklin despised Korach the wily Jew who during the Exodus attempted to subvert Moses authority In an essay written amidst the furious debates in 1789 over whether the American people should ratify the proposed Constitution Franklin compared the antiFederalists who loudly declaimed against its ratification to Korach and his unprincipled behavior which nearly sabotaged the divine mis sion Popular opposition to a public measure is no proof of its the great printer noted even though the opposition be excited and headed by men of Franklin hoped that these con temporary political charlatans would not deceive the mass of voters as Korach had done to some of his peers and that their influence like Moses enemy would evaporate in a flash of the pan As this was the only reference to Jews I knew of in Franklins commentary on the Constitutional crisis of the late 18th century I was stunned when several weeks ago Rose Levine my sisterinlaws mother called to ask if I could confirm whether he had revealed himself to be a flaming antiSemite at the Constitutional Convention I bleated a feeble What She then described and later sent a speech Franklin allegedly delivered to the Philadelphia Guest column assembiy The Jewish Race A Prophecy of Ben jamin which gave vent to some of the most vicious antiSemitism I have ever heard In it he reportedly warned against the grave danger Amer ica faceid if it did not close its borders to Jewish immigrants Uninterested in returning to They are vampires and vampires cannot live on other must live on Christians and other people who do not belong to their Jews Would flock instead to the New World and destroy us by changing our form of government for which we Americans shed our blood and sacrificed our lives our properties and personal Once here they would reduce future generations to a kind of fiscal slavery Within two hundred years our children will be working in the fields to feed them while they remain in the counting houses gleefully rubbing their Failure to exclude the Jews Franklin apparently warned his fellow conventioneers would lead your children and your childrens chil dren to curse you in your Were any of this obscene rhetoric true I realized as I hung up the phone then the Franklin I thought I knew and loved was a fraud with Korach he should have met a fiery end My incendiary thoughts were extinguished the next morning fortunately when after an intense search through the university library I finally located a reference to the speechs fraudu lence which once followed led me to its genesis in the mid1930s According to the eminent historian Charles Beard who broke the story in the Jewish Frontier March the Prophecy was first published in a fascist publication The Liberator emanating from Asheville It was swiftly picked up and republished in European fascist newspa pers which heightened its news worthiness so that it subsequently reappeared in a host of other American venues This Prophecy had a tainted past Its language was stained by the present too As Beard recognized its linguistic patterns were not its tone diction vocabulary nor overt hostility matched any other of the great stylists addresses There were other internal discrepancies the document came with what purported to be authentic references that in fact revealed its literary duplicity An introductory comment for example indicated that a copy of the speech was located in the journal of Charles Pinckney of South Carolina and a conclud ing note cited its presence in the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia After checking both repositories and finding no similar document Pinckney indeed did not keep a and then analyzing all of Franklins published writings Beard concluded that the Found ing Father had never expressed such sentiments against the Jews as are ascribed to him by the American and What my sisterinlaws mother had uncovered was in Beards words a barefaced Then how had this old lie been resurrected There in lies a tale of modern technology The Franklin Prophecy is now readily available for the version that I have seen was downloaded from an Internet location in Israel Given the worlds access to this electronic information system anyone anywhere can read this patently false piece of antiSemitic pro paganda Moreover with the rise of neoNazi move ments in Europe and North America it should attract a new generation of avid readers in search of justifi cation for their hate Its particularly ironic that one of this nations most benign and funny men should be made to support their jackbooted viciousness That prospect disturbed many in the 1930s but at least they felt they could counteract the impact of this falsehood Observed the editor of the Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography who in 1937 excerpted Beards commentary further to expose the fraud the mere act of exposure ought to be sufficient to prevent any further misunderstanding of Franklins attitude toward the In this brave and vast new world of Cyberspace we can have no such faith Char Miller teaches American history at Trinity What do you think New businesses several major motels a new housing subdivision and apartment complexes are all new additions to the New Braunfels landscape While many applaud the growth and tax revenue that accompanies that growth others believe the quality of life in New Braunfels is changing for the worse We want to know what you think about growth in our community Fill out the coupon drop it by our office at 707 Landa New Braunfels TX 78130 or fax survey to 210 6251224 Copied forms are accepted Deadline for this survey is Saturday Jan Do you believe the building boom in New Braunfels in beneficial to the community Yes No Comments Name Address City Age Sex Write em GOVERNMENT OFFICES President of the Bill Clinton 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington 20500 2024561414 Vice President of the Al Gore Old Executive Office Bldg 17th St and Pennsylvania NW Washington 20501 2024562326 Senators for the state of Texas Phil Gramm 402 E Ramsey Rd San Antonio TX 78216 5123669494 Kay Bailey Hutchison 961 Federal Bldg 300 E 8th St Austin TX 78703 5124825834 Congressmen Lamar Smith 1100 Loop 410 Ste 640 San Antonio TX 78209 2108215024 Frank Tejeda 1313 Military Ste 115 San Antonio TX 78214 2109247383 FAX 2109276222 TEXAS GOVERNMENT OFFICES Governor George W Bush Box 12428 Austin TX 78711 5124632000 Attorney General Dan Morales Box 12548 Austin TX 78711 5124632100 State Senator Jeff Wentworth 1250 Loop 410 San Antonio TX 78209 2108267800 The Survey Just one reader responded to last weeks survey question Should the state pass a law defining where concealed guns can be carried That response follows No The decision to carry a concealed weapon rests with the individual under our 2nd Amendment and state law I will respect any desire of a busi ness or public activity to restrict a weapon I will not support a business or public activity if I think my life and property are in danger The What Do You Think survey is a weekly feature of the Today In History By The Associated Press Today is Sunday Jan 7 the seventh day of 1996 There are 359 days left in the year Todays Highlight in History On Jan the first presidential election was held Americans voted for electors who a month later chose George Washington to be the nations first president On this date Jn 1610 the astronomer Galileo Galilei sighted four of Jupiters moons In 1800 the 13th president of the United States Millard Fillmore was born in Summerhill In 1894 one of the earliest motion picture exper iments took place at the Thomas Edison studio in West Orange as comedian Fred Ott was filmed sneezing In 1927 commercial transatlantic telephone service was inaugurated between New York and London In 1942 the World War 11 siege of Bataan began In 1953 President Truman announced in his State of the Union address that the United States had developed a hydrogen bomb In 1955 singer Marian Anderson made her debut with the Metropolitan Opera in New York in Verdis In 1955 the opening of the Canadian Parliament in Qttawa was televised for the first time In 1959 the United States recognized Fidel Cas trojj new government in Cuba In 1972 Lewis F Powell Jr and William H Rehnquist were sworn in as the 99th and 100th mem bersji of the Supreme Court 1979 Vietnamese forces captured the Cam bodian capital of Phnom Penh overthrowing the Khmer Rouge government lit 1989 Emperor Hirohito of Japan died at age 87 he was succeeded by Crown Prince Akihito en years ago President Reagan ordered all Air ericans and companies to stop doing business wit i Libya and pledged ftuther steps if Moammar Gailhafi did not end bis longstanding involvement mt jnonsm Five years ago Loyalist troops in Haiti crushed a coup attempt that had threatened the transition of power to the countrys first freely elected president JeanBertrand Aristide Defense Secretary Dick Cheney canceled plans to purchase the A12 stealth attack plane for the Navy Pete Rose left an Illinois federal prison camp and checked into a halfway house in Cincinnati to complete his sentence for cheating on his taxes One year ago Maj Gen Viktor Vorobyov a senior commander leading Russian troops in their advance on the secessionist capital of Chechnya was killed by a mortar shell Todays Birthdays Author William Peter Blatty is 68 Singersongwriter Leona Williams is 53 Singer Kenny Loggins is 48 TV personality Katie Couric is 39 Actor Nicolas Cage is 32 Thought for Today Whether women are better than men I cannot say but I can say they are cer tainly no Golda Meir Israeli prime ister